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Medicine: Doctors and Drug Companies / A Discussion #980446

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010
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(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) The question of whether doctors who prescribe drugs are linked to the pharmaceutical companies examined; details given about doctors "marketing" drugs to other doctors and about the ProPublica data base on seven drug companies who pay millions to doctors.

(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) Live discussion held with former drug company sales representative/whistleblower Angie Maher, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein† and Harvard medicine professor Dr. Thomas Stossel about doctors collaborating with drugs companies. [MAHER - says her role was to get doctors to write prescriptions for her company's drugs; says she became a whistleblower because she complained to Johnson and Johnson about the side effects of drugs she was selling; states she was paid bonuses to identify "thought leader" doctors to carry out clinical drug trials.] [ORNSTEIN - says many of the paid doctors were guilty of crimes; states we are concerned about undisclosed information.] [STOSSEL - explains why he supports the doctor-drug company system; states the settlements played out in the press are not reality: that companies have to settle in lawsuits; comments on drug costs versus hospital costs and how transparency is played out in the matter.] Other material: A statement from PhRMA spokeswoman Kate Michael about "dollars for docs" quoted.

Reporter(s):
Gupta, Sanjay
Duration:
00:15:40

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